John Deere to roll out new precision ag products in coming year
John Deere is set to roll out three new precision agriculture products to improve farming beyond 2019. These products include the 4240 universal display, AutoTrac universal 300 guidance solution, and the 18-2 Gen 4 software updates.
John Deere says the weather-resistant 4240 universal display joins the Gen 4 family as an “affordable, portable, and durable option for many types of farming operations”. Section control and data sync with John Deere “Operations Centre” can be added to the 4240 display.
Replacing the GreenStar 2 1800, the 4240 offers a high-contrast 213mm (8.4-inch) touchscreen enclosed in a weather-resistant, IP65-rated shell for open-station equipment.
“The 4240 universal display is perfect for producers who want an economical but robust display for AutoTrac and documentation. It can be used on open-station John Deere tractors and equipment of other brands,” says John Mishler, John Deere’s tactical marketing manager for precision ag products. “It’s the ideal display for customers running mixed fleets who need basic precision applications for drawn sprayers, baling, planting, tillage, and other operations.”
Video input, ethernet ports, ISOBUS compatibility, a multicolour display screen and scalable functionalities are also features of the 4240.
John Deere’s other new product, the AutoTrac universal 300 guidance solution, is for machines that are not AutoTrac ready, whether it be John Deere or another brand.
Replacing AutoTrac 200, the 300 features a plethora of new features such as automatic set up, a smaller, more comfortable steering wheel, and a quieter steering motor in a weatherresistant housing.
“Most producers have experienced time and cost savings, as well as the convenience and precision, that automated guidance offers,” Mishler adds. “AutoTrac universal 300 provides producers these same benefits when operating machines that aren’t currently AutoTrac enabled in an easyto-use, affordable system.”
Lastly, John Deere has updated software for its Gen 4 family of displays. The 18-2 update provides improvements in performance, machine uptime, and cost and convenience of operation by adding customer-requested functionality.
With the 18-2 software update bundle, customers using any Gen 4 Display with a v2 processor have access to basic documentation at no charge.
Customers can view multiple map layers at the same time, and utilise third-party rate controllers and receivers for additional documentation, mapping, and data analysis through John Deere’s Operations Centre.
“The new 18-2 software update bundle provides greater functionality, more versatility and application customisation, allowing customers to do a better job with many field operations and bringing greater efficiency, value and information,” Mishler says. “All these new precision ag products are designed to help add a higher level of accuracy, provide access to more data, and handle more applications so that producers can be more productive and profitable.”
The 4240 universal display is perfect for producers who want an economical but robust display for AutoTrac and documentation